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Today's Features

  • Betsy LongHorn & Cattle Family Doing Well …
    … in spite of the lack of rain and resulting condition of their Homestead pasture.
    The rain we were blessed with last week helped put a little more green in it, but it still looks parched.
    However, the Longhorns, unlike some of the other breeds, actually like the prickly weeds and dried stuff that most other cattle don’t eat.
    But, we didn’t want them to be hungry, so we visited Preacher Pete and brought a load of nice hay back to them.

  • Attends Concert
    Belinda Harpster and Sue Urban of St. Peter and Andria Cavaletto of Walnut Hill attended the American Idol Concert in St. Louis on Wednesday of last week.
    Home from Hospital
    Dane Harpster of St. Peter was taken to St. Anthony’s Hospital in Effingham by ambulance on Friday morning of last week. He returned home on Saturday afternoon. He was treated for heat exhaustion and severe dehydration.

  • ANNOUNCEMENTS
    Thursday, July 19
    • Vit-Em-In Sunday school class potluck, 6 p.m., Fellowship Hall, First United Methodist Church.
    • Friendship Quilt Club, 7 p.m., St. Elmo Public Library.
    • Prairieland Pickers, 7 p.m., concert on the lawn at Mason Point, 1 Masonic Way, Sullivan.
    Sunday, July 22
    • Prairieland Pickers, 12:30 p.m., Lutheran Church at Shumway.
    Monday, July 23
    • The Fayette County Board of Home and Community Education, 10 a.m., Vandalia Extension Office.

  • Mary Naber
    A card shower has been planned for Mary Naber of St. Peter, who will celebrate her 90th birthday on Friday, July 20.

  • Ian Noah Zenker
    Jon and Andrea Zenker of West Chicago are the parents of a boy born at 9:06 p.m. on April 4, 2012, at Delnor Community Hospital in Geneva.


    He weighed 9 pounds, 14 ounces, and was 21 inches long. He was named Ian Noah, and he has a brother, Evan, age 2.
    Grandparents are Dannie and Patty Donaldson of Vandalia, and Steve and Arlene Zenker of Hampshire.
    Great-grandparents are Herschel and Barb Ambuehl of Farina.

  • On June 15-16, Dr. Don and Phyllis Rames of Vandalia hosted a bridal shower in honor of Christopher Orr and Stellena Caudill of Winston-Salem, N.C. Those attending the shower included all members of the Rames family, Joy Orr, and David and Twilla Orr and son David.

  • Lauren Radliff of Chatham and Aaron Sczurko of O’Fallon have announced their engagement and upcoming marriage.

  • By  Charlene M. Jett
    Our meeting on Monday can be remembered as the day the record heat broke! Naturally, the iced tea and water were started early, along with the delightful music played by Donna Smith. The cookies, supplied by Jamie Casey and Amy Vieregge, were pecan sandies, peanut butter and chocolate chip. We also had on hand angel food cake for those who need to keep their sugar low.  
    The Rev. Jim Fackler started the program with about a dozen one-line jokes, which would have made Bob Hope jealous! Where does he get them all?

  • We don’t hear much about judgment day or hell these days. Perhaps we have become so modernized (or post-modernized) that condemnation seems out of place in our culture. In fact, with the incredible emphasis we place on tolerance and acceptance of all behaviors, condemnation seems quite inappropriate.

  • Celebrate Birthday
    Dane and Belinda Harpster of St. Peter spent the weekend with their daughter, Mahala Harpster of Gray Summit, Mo.
    On Saturday evening, they celebrated Belinda’s birthday at Colton’s Steak House in Washington, Mo., and were joined by Mitch, Gretchen and Owen Harpster of Cape Girardeau, MO.
    St. Peter Church
    Sunday morning worship attendance was 161. The organist was Jan Mendonca. Elders were Reggie Grandt and Kevin Wodtka. Acolyte was Emily Chapman.
    Remember in Your Prayers